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The Duggars of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting fame seems like the picture perfect family in many respects, but what goes on behind closed doors?

A lot of things you might not expect, according to a surprising new expose.

Dates Without Chaperones
The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their "accountability" and "keep things from going in the wrong direction," per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave "moral danger." When the parents aren't available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

With 19 children to raise (or at least 15 now that a handful have reached adulthood), one would think Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar would be exhausted, 24/7.

Not necessarily, though. Their maligned ace in the hole: Jana Duggar!

It's the put-upon eldest daughter who's exhausted from a lifetime of raising the kids, and some of the other older siblings, who do most of the babysitting.

“Jim Bob and Michelle have what they call the ‘buddy system,’” an insider says of the household's inner workings, and that system works as follows:

“Each of the older kids gets paired with a younger kid that they have to watch over and help out. It’s great for them, because it’s like they have a set of free nannies.

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Jessa Duggar, Jill Duggar and their respective partners have gone uncharacteristically quiet (or at least quieter) on social media, and it's likely not an accident.

Jessa, Jill, Ben and Derick

Typically staples of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well, Jessa Duggar, Jill Duggar, Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard have dialed it back in mid-October.

Could this indicate that the recent backlash over several of Jessa's recent postings have caused them all to scale back - possibly at father Jim Bob's urging?

Jessa hasn’t posted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook since October 5, when she shared a link questioning if radiometric dating proves that the Earth is old.

That’s a long break for a usually daily social media user, who also sparked major criticism with her passionate comments on abortion and the Holocaust.

Jessa’s fiance has also stayed off social media since October 4, although Ben Seewald's father made more headlines for a blog post likening her critics to Hitler.

The married and less controversial Jill and Derick Dillard have also backed off significantly, posting only one benign snapshot apiece this month to date.

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On TLC's 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 Tuesday night, Duggar family fans saw the countdown to Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's wedding in full swing.

We know how THAT turned out, if you know what we're saying!

NOTE: We're saying they got married and she's pregnant.

Just because we all know the happy ending doesn't make 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 any less fun to watch, of course, as we go behind the scenes.

With the wedding right around the corner, Jill's parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are hosting weekly counseling sessions with the soon to be newlyweds.

Not that they need them. These kids have good heads on their shoulders and are clearly all in when it comes to the Duggar family dating rules and such.

Meanwhile, Jill’s siblings, from the lovely Jana Duggar all the way down to the littlest ones, are starting to realize that she's leaving the nest, and it's bittersweet.

In this week's counseling session, the pair talks finances, and Derick - a hard worker who knows how to save, and be frugal - is cut from the same cloth.

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Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and one of the biggest and best known families in America, can be a great source of wisdom.

We're not even being sarcastic. Raising 19 kids and keeping them all happy and content, guided by faith and family and staying true to their own values?

It's commendable, and the man has the patience of a saint, not to mention the energy and resourcefulness to fix or come up with solutions to any problem.

We've thought "what would Jim Bob do" more than once after we watch 19 Kids and Counting online. We're happy to give the man credit where due.

Say yes to sex, even when you're tired!

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be...

Sometimes, though, even a man so sage in some ways of the world can seemingly defy comprehension. Take a recent interview he gave, for example.

As followers of the Quiverfull Christian movement, it's clear that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar do not believe in using contraception. Good for them.

At this year's Value Voters Summit, though, the former Arkansas state representative explained an additional concern he has about birth control use.

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Jana Duggar has been in the news a lot this week, and for controversial reasons completely separate from the typical coverage of her famous reality TV family.

The long and short of it? The 24-year-old Jana is single. That's it.

Plenty of 24-year-olds are. Taylor Swift is, and loving it. But this is the eldest daughter of Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar, which makes it stand out.

Jana Marie Duggar
Jana Marie Duggar is so beautiful ... and put upon, supposedly, by a family that relies on her to help take care of the others but never have a life of her own. If that's true, it's sad. Is it time for her to break free?

Jana Duggar seems like she would be a great catch by any measure.

Pretty, fun, sensible, kind, family-oriented and patient as a saint, she's all that a guy (who doesn't drink and doesn't mind side hugs until marriage) could want.

Those last two traits that may be her undoing romantically, though.

If you watch 19 Kids and Counting online, or follow the family at all, you know that Jill Duggar, 23, is married and pregnant. Jessa Duggar, 21, is engaged.

Jana? She's overworked and still all by her lonesome. What gives?

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During a recent episode of 19 Kids and Counting, fans of the show took to social media to express their outrage at the mistreatment suffered by Jana Duggar, the eldest daughter of Michelle and Jim Bob.

In the episode, Jana was forced to work tirelessly in preparation for Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's wedding, while the rest of the family enjoyed an afternoon tea party. 

Jana Duggar Photograph

The incident gave credence to rumors that Jana is planning to break away from her family in order to start a life of her own, in which she won't be forced to shoulder such a burden.

Helping to raise her sixteen younger siblings has got to take a toll on you.

"It's absolutely ridiculous how much the family makes Jana and the older siblings do," a source close to the Duggar family tells Radar Online.

"Jim Bob and Michelle have totally transitioned a lot of their parental responsibilities on to her," and this is not exactly a new thing.

"Ever since she was young, she would have to watch the house while Michelle and Jim Bob would go out on date night alone."

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Jessa Duggar, if we're interpreting her social media accounts correctly, is skeptical of the radiometric dating methods used to determine the age of rocks on Earth.

Why has she taken an interest in this subject? Because it's one of the primary scientific methods cited by those people who believe evolution is actually a thing.

Jessa Duggar, apparently, is not one of those people.

Jessa D.

The 21-year-old, whose comments on abortion and the Holocaust made headlines last month, is sure to incur more online wrath now by merely posting a link.

She has been critical of Atheism and evolution before, so linking to a pro-creationism article titled "Does radiometric dating prove the earth is old?" isn't out of left field.

Still, it makes it plain as day where she stands here ...

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Earlier this week, we reported on the rumored possibility of the surprisingly single Jana Duggar breaking free from her famous family.

Now it seems we're not the only ones who have noticed that the eldest Duggar daughter, 24, might be much better off on her own.

Jana Duggar Photo

A recent episode of 19 Kids and Counting showed the family prepping for the wedding of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, which took place in June.

More specifically, it showed the maligned Jana Duggar working feverishly to perfect every detail in time for her sister's nuptials.

Jana was made to hem all nine bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, and in a rare moment of self interest, she complained about being stuck with the task.

Several of her sisters are also proficient at sewing, after all.

While Jana was tirelessly put to work, the rest of the Duggar offspring enjoyed pre-wedding festivities such as an afternoon tea party.

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Last night on 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle celebrated their 30th anniversary, while Ben and Jessa decided to try their hand at parenting.

In a manner of speaking, of course. Their motives weren't what you think.

If you watch 19 Kids and Counting online or on TV, or know anything about the Duggars at all, you know they have some VERY strict rules for dating.

No touching between young couples except side hugs until marriage. It's pretty tough for a couple of hotties like Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald.

So what are they gonna do about it? Their approach is twofold ...

  1. Get engaged ASAP and get married VERY soon after;
  2. In the meantime, surround themselves with rugrats!

Never fails, and meets the family courtship standards too!

On 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 11, to help distract themselves from physical attraction, Jessa and Ben take the “little” Duggars to the arcade.

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For 19 Kids and Counting's Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, it’s the final countdown (ba-da-DAH-da!) as their wedding date of November 1 is fast approaching.

Yes, it's now less than four weeks away, and to help get fans into the mood, TLC has given us a sneak peek at the cute couple's wedding ... invitations!

Jessa Duggar Wedding Invitation

We've seen some cute Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald engagement photos since he put a ring on it, and they decided to use one for the invite, too.

Hey, when you're soooo in love, you might as well flaunt it, even if it's non-traditional. The Duggars, as we all know, march to the beat of their own drums.

The Arkansas couple is wasting little time getting down to business since they started courting last year. Ben proposed on the couple's 11-monthiversary.

That was this August! It'll be less than three months as an engaged woman by the time she dons her wedding dress and walks down the aisle.

When she does, it's unclear if big sister Jana Duggar will be her maid of honor, as she was at Jill Duggar's wedding this year, or if she'll have several.

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The Duggar Family Quotes

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

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